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A La Carte & Art festival returns to MV’s Castro Street this weekend


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Visitors to Mountain View’s Ala Carte & Art festival on Castro Street this weekend will find a wide selection of fine art.

Mountain View’s 17th annual A La Carte & Art event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. This year’s festival honors Cinco de Mayo.

West Coast artists and craftmakers will offer original works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art.

“We have many emerging new artists this year joining longtime event favorites,” said Dana Hale-Mounier, coordinator of Pacific Fine Arts, organizer of the artisans. “Festivalgoers will find unique, original art and fine crafts with a variety of price points for personal purchases, gifts or additions to private collections. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”

Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, wind chimes, and waterfalls will be among the items available for purchase.

A lineup of 10 bands will play two days of Latin, classic rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stages and the street. Performers include the Mariachi Trio Estrellas De Oro, The Garage Band, Zebop, The Retro Rockets, The Bell Brothers, The Road Dogs, Bob Culbertson, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds and Emerson & The Growiser Band.

Vendors will dish up an array of food, including chicken tikka masala, veggie samosas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, teriyaki chicken plates, sweet-and-spicy Peking chicken wraps, deep-fried catfish nuggets, jambalaya, baked beans, Cajun-smoked andouille and Portuguese linguica sausages. Wines, microbrewed beers, margaritas, sangria and mimosas are also on the menu.

More than a dozen producers of artisan specialty foods will offer samples of and sell olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, preserves, marinades, honey products, pepper, spices, nuts and Kona coffee.

Growers from the Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with strawberries, cherries, apricots, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts and honey.

The Kids’ Ton of Fun Zone will include rides, hula hooping, a 24-foot climbing wall, bungee jumping, inflatables and bounce houses, a remote-controlled NASCAR racetrack, feather hair extensions, face painting and temporary henna tattoos.

The A La Carte & Art classic-car show, sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, will return this year with muscle cars. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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